|Purpose: ||The project will address womens and girls experiences of racism and social exclusion through a pilot project that will promote inter-cultural dialogue, solidarity, and skill building by women on issues such as discrimination, poverty and gender, and race based violence. The project will have three distinct but interrelated phases that include creating a training manual for school-based Gurlz Club programming, providing training and undertaking outreach, and lastly, piloting Gurlz club programming in two schools in Victoria that will provide support and mentoring through intergenerational and multi-ethnic connections. The group hopes to develop their unique intergenerational approach by piloting the addition of Elders. 100 women and girls will be directly impacted by their participation in the project.
The project will attempt to assist these young women to overcome a number of barriers facing visible minority and Indigenous girls and women who live in a smaller less ethnically diverse community. These barriers include isolation, social marginalization and exclusion, poverty, lack of support networks and low participation. Participants will increase their leadership, programming and transferable skills with the goal of increasing their employability and ultimately to improve their economic situation.